Design News and MAKE announce the Gadget Freak Design Contest!
The contest invites participants to design a gadget that must incorporate electronic elements and involve sensing, motion, timing and/or networking elements. Contestants must also submit instructions on how to build the gadget. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 plus the opportunity of posting the winning design and kit on MAKE’s new Markets Market online marketplace (makersmarket.com).
The contest is co-sponsored by Allied Electronic, Alibre and Texas Instruments.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.